RUSSELL – The election results are in for the Township of Russell with minimal change to the council roster.
Pierre Leroux remains in the mayoral chair in a landslide vote against Charles Armstrong with 3,204 votes against 765. However, Leroux had a close race against third mayoral candidate Shawn McNally, who was dealing with a family emergency during the final debate, racking up 2,053 votes.
Leroux stated that it was an honour to be re-elected as mayor, adding that he was excited to be working with his team of councillors again for another four years.
“I’m so honoured and privileged to elected for another four years,” he said. “You know, I look at the results and the full council got back in and that just tells me that we must be doing something right for the past four years.
Leroux hopes to keep the “momentum going” into the new year, hoping to finally start construction on an aquatic centre, a project that has been talked about for ages.
“For us, it’s always been to keep the momentum going,” he said. “Obviously, a big part of my platform was to have a discussion about the creation of an indoor pool. So, that’ll be part of the discussion with council to see if they share that vision or not. I just want to say thanks to everyone who put their trust in me again and I look forward to serving for the next four years.”
Councillors Jaime Laurin, Cindy Saucier, André Brisson and Mike Tarnowski were voted in to serve on council for the upcoming term, with Laurin earning the most of votes of 3,299. Brisson was just behind with 3,066 votes, Saucier with 2,975 and Tarnowski with 2,634.